The Toronto Raptors led by as many as 21 points as they cruised to a 103-89 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
With the victory, the Raptors (35-16) have now won three games in a row and 14 of their last 15.
“I think they played extremely, extremely well,” Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said of the Raptors. “I thought our guys fought hard. We were in the game for three quarters (mainly because of Andre’s shot) but we just couldn’t hang with them.”
Andre Drummond pulled the Pistons (27-26) within eight at the end of the third quarter after he connected on a 70-foot bomb as time expired.
However, the Raptors opened the fourth on an 11-2 run then followed up with a 14-2 run midway through the period to push the contest out of reach.
Playing their third game without the injured Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Pistons continued their struggles on the defensive end of the ball, allowing the Raptors to shoot 55.7 percent from the floor while connecting on 11-of-20 from deep.
The Pistons have now allowed 100 or more points in seven consecutive games and 13 of their last 16.
Despite the loss, Van Gundy remained upbeat in the postgame press conference while at the same time recognizing the harsh reality.
“Every mistake we made on both ends, they made us pay for it,” he said.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 25 points while Ersan Ilyasova paced the Pistons with 15.
Additional Notes & Observations
- Making his third consecutive start in the place of the injured Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson struggled, shooting just 1 for his first 8 from the field and finishing with five points and five rebounds.
- Bright spot: Darrun Hilliard. The “other” Pistons rookie scored a career-high 13 points in 25 minutes off the bench, essentially filling in for Johnson, who’s filling in for Caldwell-Pope.
- Andre Drummond did his typical double-double thing, scoring 12 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.
- Not Brandon Jennings’ finest hour on Monday. 19 minutes, zero points, two assists.